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Magnesium Deficiency: Common Ailment of the 21st Century?

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Vitamins and minerals keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly. As a mineral, Magnesium is actually involved in more than 300 of our body's regulatory processes! That is to say that magnesium is an integral part of a body's ability to synthesize proteins, helps to control our heart's rhythm and helps to maintain healthy nerve function. Because of the involvement of magnesium in so many integral processes within our bodies, it has been called a 'master mineral'. While the US (RDA) Recommended Daily Allowance is 240-420 mg./day, many healthcare professionals and dieticians have speculated that our actual intake of this mineral should be almost twice that amount! While historically, 'Hypomagnesia' or magnesium deficiency over time has been shown to be responsible for heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus type 2, as well as high blood pressure and, even, migraines. Because this deficiency is so common, looking at the reasons why becomes necessary.

 

Magnesium deficiency can adversely affect your energy levels!

 


One of Magnesium's primary roles in bodily processes is allowing calcium to properly transport across cell membranes. Vitamin K, silica, and vitamin D are also instrumental in that process. This process allows a body to get calcium to our bones. Clearly, our bodies use vitamins, but minerals allow our bodies to readily use the vitamins we consume. Often, persons don't realize they are deficient in magnesium until a calcium deficiency is diagnosed!

Aside from calcium deficiency, some of the most common signs of magnesium deficiency are muscle cramps, weakness, anxiety, high blood pressure and respiratory problems. Dizziness, confusion and memory problems are also common symptoms of our bodies lack of magnesium. While migraines, diabetes mellitus type 2 and cardiac issues are less common, they can represent some of the worst cases. Because these symptoms are broad in their scope, having one or another doesn't necessarily mean that your are magnesium deficient! It is advisable to consult with a nutritionist or health care professional to confirm any suspicion.

The good news is that we can all easily supplement our magnesium intake in a variety of ways! So many foods contain magnesium from which to choose that nearly anyone can find a suitable option. Both pumpkin and sunflower seeds are good for supplementing your levels of magnesium. Additionally, soybeans, black beans, cashews, almonds and spinach are all good sources too! For those persons who have sensitive systems, there are options. From transdermal patches of magnesium chloride (oil), a deficiency can be resolved. However, a variety of inexpensive products offering what is referred to as magnesium citrate are, likely, the easiest option for many.


Sources: 

                Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium_deficiency_(medicine) 

                Collective Evolution  Why We're All Deficient in Magnesium - http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/03/25/why-were-all-deficient-in-magnesium-the-many-signs-what-to-do/ 

                Natural Society - http://naturalsociety.com/16-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-signs-low-levels/ 


 

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